Danielle Tarr

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Healthy farms – and the climate – need healthy soils (6/2/17)

For those who don’t spend a lot of time on farms, it’s easy to think of soil as simply dirt. But it’s much more than that. Fertile, healthy soil is made up of nutrients, micro-organisms, minerals and other organic material – all of which are vital to grow the food we all need. Healthy

Partner Spotlight: A Conversation with Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy’s Jeff Horstman (5/23/17)

Jeff Horstman serves as the Executive Director of the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, as well as the Miles-Wye Riverkeeper on the Eastern Shore. Through this work, Horstman is a first-hand witness to the effects that development and agricultural activity have on the Shore’s waterways. We caught up with him to learn about the biggest clean

Partner Spotlight: A Conversation with Maryland League of Conservation Voters’ Karla Raettig (5/4/17)

Maryland League of Conservation Voters’ Karla Raettig is the Executive Director of the leading political organization for Maryland’s environment. Maryland LCV is a state-wide, nonpartisan organization that uses political action and education to protect our air, land, public health and water. Maryland LCV protects public health by fighting for the Chesapeake Bay and local

Pollution trading: risky scheme or market-based solution? (4/28/17)

As Maryland and other Chesapeake Bay states work to reduce pollution in our waterways, one potential strategy continues to stir debate, namely, a system that has been variously called pollution trading, water quality trading, nutrient credit trading or just plain “trading.” MCAC refers to this practice as pollution trading.

Regardless of the name, here’s the

Maryland General Assembly Sets Aside Funding for Clean Water Enforcement (4/20/17)

April 20, 2017

FY2018 Budget includes $400,000 for enforcement positions at Departments of Agriculture and the Environment

ANNAPOLIS, MD – In the final budget passed last week by the Maryland General Assembly, legislators set aside $400,000 to hire enforcement and compliance staff at the Maryland Departments of Agriculture (MDA) and the Environment (MDE). This reverses a

Partner Spotlight: A Conversation with Assateague Coastal Trust’s Kathy Phillips (3/31/17)

Assateague Coastal Trust’s Kathy Phillips is on the front lines of the fight for clean water on the Lower Eastern Shore, where she has been very involved with citizen groups that came to Annapolis to testify in support of the Community Healthy Air Act. We asked her about the environmental and public health issues

To enforce pollution laws, we must provide the resources to do it (3/27/17)

One vital component of cleaning up local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay is enforcing laws already on the books to improve water quality and hold polluters accountable. In Maryland, this task falls to the Departments of the Environment (MDE) and Agriculture (MDA), who have designated staff to review permit applications, conduct follow-up inspection visits

Pass the Community Healthy Air Act! (03/20/17)

We all want to live in neighborhoods that are safe. But many communities on the Lower Eastern Shore are seeing growing threats to their clean and healthy neighborhoods.

The poultry industry is a staple on the Lower Shore. As farming practices have become more industrialized, chickens are increasingly being raised in large-scale Concentrated Animal Feeding

Media Statement on the Poultry Litter Management Act (04/11/16)

At the close of the 2016 Maryland General Assembly session, the broad coalition of environmental groups that supported the Poultry Litter Management Act (SB 496/ HB 599) issued the following joint statement:

Statement Responding to Ongoing MDA Data on Fields With High Phosphorus (03/14/16)

March 14, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, MD. –  Environmental organizations released the following statement today, in response to the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s new information about preliminary soil samples showing how many farm fields are over-saturated with phosphorus and may not be able to accept further manure applied, as the state implements the Phosphorus Management Tool:

We are